What’s Causing these SERP Fluctuations? | Rank Ranger

During a recent Google Webmaster Central hangout, in addition to fielding questions about keyword stuffing, emojis in page titles, mobile friendly tags and predictions regarding Twitter receiving preference in SERPs, when asked what’s up with these troublesome Google Desktop SERP fluctuations…

Google SERP Fluctuations Desktop search

Google’s John Mueller stated (at approximately 48:50):

“I don’t know of anything specific there. We make changes all the time. “

When pushed for a more specific answer by Joshua Berg of regarding significant algorithm changes, John responded (at approximately 50:27): 

“We didn’t update anything. Not that I’m aware of at least. So I saw Barry’s blog post about some changes he was seeing on the weekend but that’s not related to Panda or Penguin. I mean we essentially make updates all the time so these are changes as normal.”

Baruch Labunski of Rank Secure pointed out that he saw a bigger effect than ever before and John responded:

“I guess it depends on how you look at that. What you measure, how your tools are measuring… it’s really hard for me to say what you’re seeing.”

If that answer frustrates you, scroll down the YouTube screen to the machine generated transcript for some stress-busting amusement.

transcript of webmaster central hangout

Google Mobile SERP Fluctuations

The good news is that whatever algorithm updates have been rolling out, the Google Mobile SERPs seem to have stabilized.

Google Mobile SERP stabilizes

[updated May 10th to demonstrate continued stability]

English Google Webmaster Central office-hours hangout

Spoiler Alert!  Twitter predictions? Nope. And Emojis in title tags are cool in appearance but are not a good practice because Google might (i.e., probably will) filter them from displaying in search engine results – so don’t invest your time adding them to a bunch of webpages.

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